Sunday, October 9, 2011

îles de la Madeleine

The entryway to the îles de la Madeleine, two small islands off the coast of Dakar, Senegal

There are several ship wrecks off the coast of Dakar..I suspect this is the remnants of one on the volcanic rocks on the islands of Madeleine

The only way to the island is via these small pirogues. The islands are uninhabited and nominated to the UNESCO world heritage list.  
Senegal already has the following places on the world heritage list:

-- Niokolo-Koba National Park -- UNESCO's description here

-- Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary -- UNESCO's description here

-- Stone circles of Senegambia -- UNESCO's description here

The bright greenery on the island is such a welcome change from Dakar's dust.

Another angle of the entry way into the island's lagoon.

The islands are four kilometers off Dakar's coast. Here's a view of the Plateau neighborhood of downtown Dakar.

Another view of Dakar from the islands.

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